Substance Abuse Treatment Services


PROGRAMS



ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT PROGRAM
(ASAT)

Description

The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT) Program is behaviorally and biopsychosocially based. A variety of approaches are used including education, individual and group counseling, relapse prevention, transitional services, and self-help programs to help inmates understand and intervene in the process of addiction.

The program is designed to assist inmates to begin the process of recovery from alcohol and other addictive drugs. The following competency areas are covered to help inmates achieve and maintain a drug-free lifestyle:

Completion of the ASAT Program requires a minimum of six months of program participation depending on the setting and intensity of the program, along with the inmate’s ability to demonstrate an intellectual and behavioral understanding of the process of addiction and recovery. The program is offered in four settings: residential, modular, Shock Incarceration and Willard Drug Treatment Campus. The primary modality of treatment is a therapeutic community incorporated with group and individual counseling and relevant substance abuse treatment education. Approval by the Deputy Commissioner for Program Services is required if a modality other than therapeutic community is being offered.

Goals

  1. Establish a therapeutic community treatment environment for the inmate with a history of alcohol and/or substance abuse or dependence.
  2. To focus on the total needs of inmates with histories of alcohol and substance abuse.
  3. To ensure referral to appropriate aftercare services in the community.
  4. To reduce relapse and recidivism.

Length

The core treatment program requires a minimum of six months of successful participation.

Admission Requirements

The goal of the ASAT Program is to help the participant progress through the early stages of recovery in each of the nine competency areas. The successful program participant is responsible for demonstrating that he/she understands each of the nine competency areas, which should be reflected in changes in behavior and attitudes resulting in maintaining a crime and drug-free lifestyle.

Locations

Adirondack
Albion
Altona
Arthur Kill (Stay 'n Out Prg.)
Attica
Auburn
Bare Hill (ASAT & Stay 'n Out Prg.)
Bayview (ASAT & Stay 'n Out Prg.)
Beacon
Bedford Hills
Butler
Cape Vincent
Cayuga
Clinton (Main, MC, SOCTP)
Collins
Coxsackie
Eastern
Elmira
Fishkill
Five Points
Franklin
Gouverneur
Gowanda (GP & SOCTP)
Great Meadow
Green Haven
Greene
Groveland
Hudson
Lakeview SICF
Livingston
Marcy
Mid-State (GP/PCU/MIN/SOCTP)
Mohawk
Monterey SICF
Moriah SICF
Mt. McGregor (MIN & MED)
Ogdensburg
Orleans
Riverview
Shawangunk (GP & SOCTP)
Sing Sing
Southport
Sullivan
Taconic
Upstate
Wallkill
Washington (Main/Annex)
Watertown
Wende
Woodbourne
Wyoming
 

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ASSESSMENT AND PROGRAM PREPARATION UNIT (APPU)
MICA/ASAT PROGRAM

Description

The Modified ASAT Program is designed to meet the substance abuse treatment needs of inmates with mental health issues residing in the APPU. The APPU is a diagnostic and evaluation special housing unit located in lower H block of Clinton Correctional Facility. The APPU provides supportive counseling and program services to inmates unable to function in general population due to the following conditions:

  1. Nature of crime
  2. Notorious or highly publicized crime
  3. Chronic protective custody cases
  4. History of known/unknown enemies
  5. Prior law enforcement background
  6. Psychiatric instability
  7. Physical stature
  8. Any combination of the above

The APPU also provides psychological support to assist inmates to prepare for eventual return to general population. The MICA/ASAT Program satisfies Earned Eligibility/Program Plan requirements for an inmate's substance abuse treatment needs.

Goals

To provide substance abuse treatment services for inmates with mental health issues who reside in the APPU.

Length

Minimum of nine months participation, one module per day, five days per week.

Admission Requirements

  1. Identified or documented substance abuse history.
  2. Identified by OMH as having a service level of 1, 2, 3, or 4.
  3. Screened by DOCS/OMH treatment team as able to participate in substance abuse treatment.

Assessment

Participants are evaluated monthly and also at point of discharge. The ASAT discharge evaluation coordinates specific substance abuse treatment aftercare recommendations with recommendations with mental health discharge recommendations.

Locations

Clinton

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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH UNIT (BHU)
MENTALLY ILL/CHEMICALLY ADDICTED (MICA) ASAT

Description

This three-phase Modified ASAT Program is designed to meet the substance abuse treatment needs of inmates with behavior management problems who reside in the Behavioral Health Unit (BHU). Transition through the three phases, from more to less restrictive, is determined by progress in meeting the behavioral goals of each phase.

Goals

To provide substance abuse treatment services to inmates residing in the Behavioral Health Unit.

Length

Phase I (Great Meadow): Minimum of twenty weeks of programming in therapeutic cubicles. Utilizes the SHU Pre-Treatment Workbook which prepares inmates for participation in substance abuse treatment. This phase is preparatory and not credited toward satisfying Earned Eligibility/Program Plan needs for substance abuse treatment.

Phase II (Sullivan): Minimum of nine months. Utilizes therapeutic cubicles with individualized movement to a less restrictive setting within the BHU. This phase satisfies Earned Eligibility/Program Plan requirements for an inmate’s substance abuse treatment need.

Phase III (Sullivan): ICP Aftercare with individualized length of participation; includes periodic ASAT staff contact with inmate for monitoring and evaluation to assist the inmate in identifying and preventing relapse. This phase is not credited toward satisfying Earned Eligibility/Program Plan needs for substance abuse treatment.

Admission Requirements

  1. Identified or documented substance abuse history.
  2. Resides on Behavioral Health Unit.
  3. Identified by OMH as having a service level of 1S, 2S or 3S.

Assessment

Participants are evaluated monthly and also at discharge. The ASAT discharge evaluation coordinates specific substance abuse treatment aftercare recommendations with mental health discharge recommendations.

Locations

Phase I:
Phase II & III:
Great Meadow
Sullivan

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CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAM
(CD/DV)

Description

The Chemical Dependency/Domestic Violence Program is an alcohol and/or substance abuse treatment program for incarcerated male offenders with histories of perpetrating domestic violence. The program requires a minimum of nine months participation and serves 180 inmates in a segregated, residential therapeutic community.

The treatment program is multifaceted. The basic treatment approach is an integrated program of education and counseling to assist the inmate in making the attitudinal and behavioral changes necessary for a productive life without the use of mood altering chemicals and acts of domestic violence. The program structure promotes an atmosphere of trust, respectful communication, and individual responsibility that is conducive to affecting pro-social change.

The therapeutic community treatment model views the community as the catalyst for change, requiring that participants change relationship codes and learn to use pro-social behaviors to assist each other in identifying personal issues and behaviors which interfere with living crime and drug free.

The treatment program includes community meetings, group and individual counseling, didactic lectures and videos which are integrated into the curriculum to support addiction and recovery concepts. Participants are enrolled in three hours of treatment, three hours of education, and three hours of work assignment per day, five days per week. If education is not needed, participants may work an additional three hours per day. In addition, they participate in self-help programs and personal assignments during non-program hours. Therapeutic community meetings are held on the weekends, as well.

Goals

  1. Establish a therapeutic community treatment environment for the chemically dependent inmate with a history of perpetrating domestic violence.
  2. To focus on the total needs of inmates with histories of alcohol and substance abuse and the perpetration of domestic violence.
  3. To ensure referral to appropriate aftercare services in the community.
  4. To increase coordination with appropriate State agencies, local agencies, service providers, and community organizations.
  5. To reduce recidivism.

Assessment

Participants are evaluated in all areas including treatment, work, school, and adjustment in the dorm setting, on a monthly basis.

Admission Requirements

  1. Male inmates who are classified as Medium B or Minimum security, or if classified as Medium A, must be eligible for reclassification to Medium B.
  2. Will be 12-24 months to Earliest Release at time of entry to program.
  3. Documented history of substance abuse, i.e., self-report and/or Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test score of 5 or higher, or documented in the Pre-sentence report (PSR) or SSI score of 4 or higher; with an assessed substance abuse treatment need.
  4. Medical level 2 or above.
  5. Psychological level 6 or 7.
  6. No history of sex offenses.
  7. Not a returned absconder.
  8. No escape or absconding convictions.
  9. Not a mariel Cuban.
  10. No immigration and naturalization interests/problems.
  11. No other security characteristics or a pattern of impulsive, callous, or vicious violence against authorities, nor a history of arson (not for money).
  12. No Murder 1, Murder 2 or Manslaughter convictions (vehicular manslaughter discretionary).
  13. Score of 5 or more on the Domestic Violence Questionnaire.
  14. CR date less than 10 years.
  15. No active warrants or detainers.
  16. No prior participation in CD/DV.
  17. Must be ambulatory and able to do manual labor.
  18. No CMC inmates with life sentences.
  19. No ongoing or disruptive disciplinary problems.
  20. No court ordered CASAT status.
  21. Inmate agrees to the program and has signed the consent form to participate.

Locations

Eastern NY Correctional Facility (Annex)

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CLEAN START (ASAT)

Description

The Clean Start Program offers comprehensive treatment services for women actively on a methadone treatment regimen, at the time they are received into custody of the DOCS. This program is designed to accommodate from 1-30 women, who are admitted on an as needed basis.

If the inmates are pregnant, they are maintained on a methadone regimen throughout the pregnancy and up to (approximately) six weeks after giving birth.

All women participate in a weekly group discussion in addition to biweekly individual counseling sessions. Sessions are designed to assist with issues related to the physiology of heroin and methadone use on the non-pregnant body, pregnant body and the fetus. In addition, post-partum health of the mother and infant, as well as principles of addiction and issues of detoxification are also addressed.

The detoxification process for the mother begins approximately six weeks after giving birth. At that time, the doses of methadone are continually, gradually decreased until she is methadone free. At the completion of the detoxification process, priority admission into the Alcohol and Substance Treatment (ASAT) Program occurs.

Goals

  1. Prepare the female inmates (non-pregnant and pregnant) for detoxification from methadone.
  2. Completion of the detoxification process with subsequent admission into the ASAT Program.

Length

The length of the program is from date of admission to the detoxification process completion. This will vary dependant on the pregnancy term and detoxification regimen required.

Admission Requirements

Participants who are methadone dependent or new mothers requiring methadone detoxification. These women will either be housed on the Nursery or the Long Term Care Unit in the Regional Medical Unit.

Assessment

The goal for the Clean Start Program is for inmates to complete the detoxification process from methadone and participate in and complete the ASAT Program. Progress is monitored through weekly group and individual counseling sessions with related documentation. Routine and random urine toxicology tests are performed to detect the presence of methadone and other mood altering chemicals. Routine medical check-ups are also administered.

Locations

Bedford Hills

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COMPREHENSIVE ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
TREATMENT PROGRAM
(CASAT)

Description

The Comprehensive Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment (CASAT) Program provides a continuum of intensive alcohol and substance abuse treatment in a designated Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment Center (Phase I) followed by a transitional period in a work release community reintegration setting (Phase II). Phase II of the program is only available to inmates who are approved for Presumptive Work Release by Temporary Release in Central Office.

After a minimum of six months of successful treatment and preparation, participants who are Presumptive Work Release approved, will be transferred into the community reintegration (Phase II) component of the program. This phase typically lasts a minimum of six months. During this time, participants find and maintain employment as well as continue to participate in an outpatient alcohol and substance abuse treatment program.

An inmate convicted of a controlled substance or marihuana offense who is court-ordered, not Presumptive Work Release approved, will participate in Phase I only. Upon satisfactory completion of this phase, participants will either be released to Parole custody from the CASAT facility or transferred to general population until their release from DOCS custody.

The CASAT manual outlines the treatment program protocols and includes the use of the therapeutic community as the primary alcohol and substance abuse treatment modality in Phase I of the program incorporated with group and individual counseling and relevant substance abuse treatment education.

Goals

  1. To better prepare chemically addicted inmates for return to their families and communities upon release.
  2. To address the needs of inmates with a history of alcohol and substance abuse.
  3. To develop and implement appropriate aftercare services in the community.
  4. To help ensure stability of a continuum of care for the participant’s eventual release to the community.
  5. To reduce relapse and recidivism rates.

Length

All participants will complete a minimum of 180 days in Phase I. If approved for Presumptive Work Release, the participant will be transferred to Phase II of the program for six months or until they are approved for Parole or Conditional Release.

Assessment

All participants are evaluated monthly by his/her assigned treatment team. In the fifth month of residential treatment, the participant and assigned counselor will develop a continuum of care plan; assessing the participant’s ongoing treatment needs, as well as the strengths and resources that can be used to meet those treatment needs in Phase II.

Admission Requirements

Presumptive Work Release approved:

  1. Must have a documented history of alcohol and/or substance abuse.
  2. Must be 9 to 24 months to Earliest Release Date or Merit Eligibility Date (if eligible) for inmates who do not meet the criteria of the Drug Reform Act of 2004.
    OR
    Must be 9 to 30 months to Earliest Release Date or Merit Eligibility Date (if eligible) for inmates who meet the criteria of the Drug Reform Act of 2004.
  3. Must have received Presumptive Work Release approval from Central Office Temporary Release.
  4. Must be medium or minimum security classification.
  5. Must have an OMH level commensurate with facility designation.
  6. Must have a Medical level commensurate with facility designation.

PLEASE NOTE: Under the Drug Reform Act of 2004, inmates serving determinate sentences as second felony drug offenders for Class B felony offenses cannot be transferred to Phase II of CASAT until the total time they have served, including jail time, reception time, and CASAT Phase I time, equals at least 18 months.

Court-Ordered CASAT- NOT Presumptive Work Release approved:

  1. Must have sentencing and commitment documentation that includes an order for CASAT participation.
  2. Instant offense must be PL 220, 221.
  3. Must be medium or minimum security classification.
  4. Must have an OMH level commensurate with facility designation.
  5. Must have a medical level commensurate with facility designation.

COMMUNITY REINTEGRATION PHASE II - (Presumptive Work Release Approved)

Upon completion of the residential substance abuse treatment phase of the program, a participant who is Presumptive Work Release approved will transition into one of the following community reintegration programs:

Locations

Arthur Kill
Hale Creek ASACTC
Taconic (female)
Wyoming

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DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (DWI) TREATMENT PROGRAM

Description

The Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Treatment Program is designed to provide the DWI, or related, offender the foundation for positive change and assistance in their successful return to the community through assessment, education, counseling, relapse prevention and discharge planning. The DWI Treatment Program is considered an essential service due to the unique needs of DWI offenders, and related commitments to the New York State Department of Correctional Services.

Goal

To assist the drinking and driving offender in arresting the disease of alcoholism and resultant criminal offense(s).

Objectives

  1. Assist the drinking and driving offender in understanding that treatment for alcoholism and substance abuse does work.
  2. Assist the drinking and driving offender in understanding the process of addiction.
  3. Assist the drinking and driving offender in understanding the process of relapse.
  4. Assist the drinking and driving offender in understanding the process of recovery.

Length

Minimum of six months; maximum of twelve months.

Admission Requirements

  1. An alcohol-specific crime of commitment or an offense that involves operating motor vehicles under the influence of alcohol, but is not included in the instant offense.
  2. Assessed alcohol abuse treatment need.
  3. Sufficient time to complete the program.
  4. Description of the Instant Offense supports the fact that the individual was under the influence of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle.
  5. Meet classification criteria for Gowanda Correctional Facility (male); Albion Correctional Facility (female).

Assessment

Program staff will monitor individual participants progress through the use of monthly evaluations, objective review of written assignments, level of engagement in program activities and progress toward treatment plan goals.

Locations

Albion (female)
Gowanda (male)

DWI TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM

Inmates who complete the DWI Treatment Program at Gowanda Correctional Facility or are DWI-convicted and held by the Parole Board at a Shock facility will be considered for continuous temporary release programming. Inmates from the Rochester catchment area will be considered for Community Service Leave at Rochester Correctional Facility, Work Release Program and Family-Tie Furlough Program. Inmates from all other catchment areas will be considered for the Industrial Training Leave Program at Hudson Correctional Facility, Work Release Program and Family-Tie Furlough Program. The participants will continue to participate in substance abuse treatment and self-help programs.

NOTE: No inmate shall be permitted to participate in the Day Reporting Program if his underlying criminal conviction was for an alcohol-related/driving offense.

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FEMALE TRAUMA RECOVERY (FTR) PROGRAM

Description

The Female Trauma Recovery Program is a specialized treatment program to assist female inmates who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse.

The program utilizes the Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model, which is an evidence-based approach to treatment of trauma issues in women. Other issues addressed are substance abuse, parenting, health issues, and building interpersonal and resource networks.

Upon completion of the program, assigned staff will evaluate and assess participants for ongoing treatment needs. An aftercare plan will be developed with the participant reflecting any need for ongoing treatment.

Goals

  1. To assist the participant in understanding that trauma has occurred and recovery is possible.
  2. To provide education and therapeutic intervention, allowing the participant to develop healthy coping skills for dealing with past trauma which has interfered with pro-social decision making and ongoing recovery.
  3. To provide each participant with an individualized Aftercare Plan upon completion of the program.

Length

Is based upon the complexity of a participant’s issues, level of motivation, and progress toward treatment goals. A minimum of six months participation is anticipated, one program module per day, three days per week of treatment activities. Individual counseling will also occur on a weekly basis or as needed.

Admission Requirements

  1. Program participation is voluntary.
  2. Identified or documented history of trauma and substance abuse.
  3. Sufficient time to complete. Those with insufficient time to complete may be admitted on a case-by-case basis once approved by the Office of Mental Health.
  4. Must be cleared by OMH to participate in the program.
  5. The Female Trauma Recovery Program is not an Earned Eligibility Requirement, when possible inmates should complete EEP’s prior to admission to FTRP.

Assessment

Participants are evaluated monthly and at point of discharge. The Female Trauma Recovery discharge evaluation coordinates ongoing trauma recovery aftercare recommendations with substance abuse and/or mental health aftercare recommendations.

Locations

Albion
Beacon
Taconic

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INTERMEDIATE CARE PROGRAM
MENTALLY ILL/CHEMICALLY ADDICTED
(MICA) ASAT PROGRAM

Description

This is a Modified ASAT Program designed to meet the substance abuse treatment needs of inmates who have co-occurring mental health and chemical abuse disorders. The ASAT competencies are combined with the ICP core curriculum to meet the special substance abuse treatment considerations of the mentally ill inmate. This program satisfies Earned Eligibility/Program Plan requirements for an inmate’s substance abuse treatment need.

Goals

To provide substance abuse treatment for inmates residing in Intermediate Care Programs (ICP’s).

Length

Minimum of nine months participation, half a module per day, five days per week.

Admission Requirements

  1. Identified or documented substance abuse history.
  2. Identified by OMH as having a primary Axis I and/or Axis II DSM-IV mental health diagnosis.
  3. Presently housed in an Intermediate Care Program (ICP) and screened by DOCS/OMH treatment team as able to participate in substance abuse treatment.

Assessment

Participants are evaluated monthly and also at point of discharge. The ASAT discharge evaluation coordinates specific substance abuse treatment aftercare recommendations with mental health discharge recommendations.

Locations

Albion
Attica
Auburn
Clinton
Elmira
Fishkill
Five Points
Great Meadow
Green Haven
Mid-State
Sing Sing
Wende (ICP)

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MENTALLY ILL/CHEMICALLY ADDICTED
(MICA) RESIDENTIAL ASAT
(GENERAL CONFINEMENT)

Description

This is a Modified ASAT Program designed to meet the substance abuse treatment needs of inmates residing in general confinement who have co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. The therapeutic community modality and the ASAT competencies in conjunction with a specialized treatment curriculum are tailored to meet the special treatment considerations of the mentally ill inmate. This program satisfies Earned Eligibility/Program Plan requirements for an inmate’s substance abuse treatment need.

Goals

To provide substance abuse treatment for inmates with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders in general population.

Length

Minimum of nine months participation, one module per day, five days per week.

Admission Requirements

  1. Identified or documented substance abuse history.
  2. Identified by OMH as having a service level of 1, 2, 3, or 4.
  3. Screened by DOCS/OMH treatment team as able to participate in substance abuse treatment.

Assessment

Participants are evaluated monthly and also at point of discharge. The ASAT discharge evaluation coordinates specific substance abuse treatment aftercare recommendations with mental health discharge recommendations.

Locations

Arthur Kill
Bedford Hills
Mid-State

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NURSERY MOTHERS ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
TREATMENT PROGRAM

Description

The Nursery Mothers Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment Program is offered to assist chemically addicted mothers to address substance abuse issues, parenting and preparation for their eventual release from the correctional setting to their families and to the community. The inmate will participate in the Comprehensive Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment (CASAT) Program (if approved) or the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT) Program for their substance abuse treatment component of the program. The program is based on the therapeutic community model and incorporates nine treatment competency areas and parenting in the curriculum. This Program is located in Taconic Correctional Facility nursery. The total capacity for the program is sixteen participants.

CASAT Program participants with Presumptive Work Release approval will, upon successful completion of the minimum of 180 days in Phase I of the program, transition to the Phase II component of the program or community reintegration. During Phase II, the participant will continue with necessary substance abuse treatment services, self-help program participation and any other appropriate aftercare services required. The participant is mandated to seek and maintain employment as they are in work release status. The participant will remain in Phase II of the program for six months or until they are approved for Parole or Conditional Release.

ASAT Program participants will complete a minimum of 180 days of satisfactory participation in alcohol and substance abuse treatment. As part of the discharge plan for ASAT, the participant will be referred to appropriate aftercare services and encouraged to participate in self-help programs.

Program Goals

The program goals for the Nursery Mothers Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment Program are:

  1. To assist in preparing the chemically addicted mothers for their return to their families and community upon release.
  2. To focus facility resources on the needs of mothers with histories of alcohol and substance abuse.
  3. To refer participants to appropriate aftercare services in the community.
  4. To increase coordination with appropriate state agencies, local agencies, service providers and community organizations.
  5. To reduce relapse and recidivism rates for program participants.

Length

CASAT participants: A minimum of 180 days of participation in Phase I.

ASAT participants: A minimum of six months of participation in substance abuse treatment.

Admission Requirements

Presumptive Work Release approved:

  1. Must have a documented history of alcohol and/or substance abuse.
  2. Must be 9 to 24 months to Earliest Release Date or Merit Eligibility Date (if eligible) for inmates who do not meet the criteria of the Drug Reform Act of 2004.
    OR
    Must be 9 to 30 months to Earliest Release Date or Merit Eligibility Date (if eligible) for inmates who meet the criteria of the Drug Reform Act of 2004.
  3. Must have received Presumptive Work Release approval from Central Office Temporary Release.
  4. Must be medium or minimum security classification.
  5. Must have an OMH level commensurate with facility designation.
  6. Must have a Medical level commensurate with facility designation.

PLEASE NOTE: Under the Drug Reform Act of 2004, inmates serving determinate sentences as second felony drug offenders for Class B felony offenses cannot be transferred to Phase II of CASAT until the total time they have served, including jail time, reception time, and CASAT Phase I time, equals at least 18 months.

Court-Ordered CASAT- NOT Presumptive Work Release approved:

  1. Must have sentencing and commitment documentation that includes an order for CASAT participation.
  2. Instant offense must be PL 220, 221.
  3. Must be medium or minimum security classification.
  4. Must have an OMH level commensurate with facility designation.
  5. Must have a medical level commensurate with facility designation.

ASAT participants: A documented history or self-admission of alcohol and/or substance abuse, a willingness to participate in the program and enough time to complete the program.

Assessment

All participants are evaluated on a monthly basis.

Locations


Taconic

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REGIONAL MEDICAL UNIT
(RMU) ASAT PROGRAM

Description

This is a Modified ASAT Program designed to meet the substance abuse treatment needs of inmates residing in Regional Medical Units who have co-occurring medical problems. This program satisfies Earned Eligibility/Program Plan requirements for an inmate’s substance abuse treatment need.

Goals

To provide substance abuse treatment to inmates who are otherwise unable to participate in such treatment in general population due to medical circumstances.

Length

Minimum of six months participation, three hours per day, five days per week.

Admission Requirements

  1. Identified or documented substance abuse history.
  2. Presently housed in a Regional Medical Unit.

Assessment

Participants are evaluated monthly and at discharge. The ASAT discharge evaluation coordinates specific substance abuse aftercare treatment recommendations with medical treatment considerations.

Locations

Bedford Hills
Coxsackie
Fishkill
Mohawk
Wende

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RETURNED PAROLE VIOLATORS (RPV) PROGRAM

Description

The Returned Parole Violator's Program is designed for inmates with an alcohol and/or substance abuse history, who have returned to the New York State Department of Correctional Services custody following failure to conform to parole orders and conditions.

The program provides education and counseling for inmates with alcohol and substance abuse histories who violate the conditions of parole. Continued treatment and education related to addiction will serve to enhance the inmate’s ability to remain sober and crime-free and be a productive member of their community.

The program goal is to facilitate the recovery process for the inmates who have an identified alcohol and/or substance abuse history, thereby improving the chances of successful reintegration into the community.

Goals

  1. To assist the inmate in identifying the impact of alcohol and substance abuse on criminal behavior.
  2. To reduce relapse and recidivism rates for participants.
  3. To reinforce the need to maintain ongoing abstinence and sobriety.

Length

A minimum of 90 days of successful participation for completion. Participation will include one module of programming five times weekly.

Admission Requirements

  1. Ninety (90) days or more to release.
  2. Documented history of substance abuse.
  3. Self-disclosure of alcohol/substance abuse while under parole supervision.
  4. Used drugs and/or alcohol while on parole or failed to follow treatment recommendations/requirements.
  5. Inmates who have previously satisfied the DOCS substance abuse treatment requirements will still be required to take the program.

Assessment

  1. Completion of Relapse Prevention Workbook including counselor evaluation and feedback.
  2. Participants are evaluated monthly.

Locations

Albion
Cape Vincent
Chateaugay
Mt. McGregor
Sing Sing
 

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RELAPSE TREATMENT PROGRAM

Description

The Relapse Treatment Program is an intensive 60 day program for inmates who are participating in a work release program and test positive for or report drug and/or alcohol use.

Participation in the Relapse Treatment Program is based on the facility Superintendent’s approval to waive the inmate’s misbehavior report of drug usage. The inmate is required to sign a Memorandum of Agreement to participate in the Relapse Treatment Program at a general confinement facility.

Goals

  1. Educate and counsel program participants on how to manage high risk situations that lead to relapse and re-incarceration.
  2. Development of a drug-free lifestyle in the community.
  3. To assist and coordinate relapse discharge plans for program participants.
  4. To reduce relapse and recidivism rates for program participants.

Length

Sixty days.

Location

Taconic

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RESIDENTIAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT PROGRAM (RSAT)

Description

The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Program is a treatment program for chemically dependent inmates using the modality of a Therapeutic Community in conjunction with the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT) Manual. The primary focus is to use the concepts of community as a method. The community is the agent of change, acting in a highly organized and structured fashion such that its systems essentially constitute an environment to engage the participants in social learning. This model sets ethics of right living and recovery for the chemically dependent inmate in the parallel path of mental, emotional and physical health. Accountability of self and responsibility to others are the cornerstones to building a caring and nurturing environment to facilitate positive change in the RSAT Program.

Goals

  1. Maintain self-contained residential unit.
  2. Habilitation or rehabilitation of the total individual.
  3. Develop a pro-social system that promotes better living skills and changes negative patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.
  4. Develop social interacting skills and working relationships with others.
  5. Development of a drug-free lifestyle.
  6. To provide a highly structured hierarchical format through which participants must progress; the advancement is noted with special tasks and responsibilities.
  7. Demonstrate a functional understanding in the nine competency areas outlined in the ASAT Program Manual.

Length

Minimum of six months, maximum of twelve months.

Admission Requirements

  1. A documented history of alcohol and/or substance abuse.
  2. Commitment to participate for a minimum of six months.
  3. Willingness to participate, taking a sincere and active role in treatment.
  4. Adhere to standards and rules of the therapeutic community and the facilities in which the program is located.

The goal of the RSAT Program is to help the participant progress through the early stages of recovery in each of the nine competency areas. The successful program participant is responsible for demonstrating that he/she understands each of the nine competency areas, which should be reflected in changes in behavior and attitudes resulting in maintaining a crime and drug-free lifestyle.

Locations

Auburn
Clinton - Annex
Collins
Greene
Groveland (Main/Annex)
Marcy
Mid-State (MICA GP)
 

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SENSORIALLY DISABLED UNIT (SDU) ASAT PROGRAM

Description

The SDU ASAT Program is designed to meet the assessed substance abuse treatment needs of the SDU inmate. The Therapeutic Community model is modified to meet the needs of the SDU inmate addressing the ASAT competencies.

Goals

To provide substance abuse treatment services for our population with sensorial disabilities.

Length

Minimum of six months; maximum of 12 months (5 days/week, 3 hours/day).

Admission Requirements

  1. Identified or documented substance abuse history.
  2. Identified as sensorially disabled.
  3. Presently housed on the Sensorially Disabled Unit.

Assessment

Participants are evaluated monthly on their level of engagement in program activities and progress toward individualized treatment plan goals.

Locations

Eastern

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SPECIAL HOUSING UNIT (SHU)
PRE-TREATMENT WORKBOOK PROGRAM

Description

The purpose of the SHU Pre-Treatment Workbook Program is to positively impact on drug use within the prison system. Inmates serving Special Housing Unit (SHU) sanctions complete a three part workbook entitled, “Time to Think About Change.” Based on the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT) Program nine competency areas of recovery, each workbook challenges the inmate participant to assess their chemical use, modify thinking patterns, and educate themselves on the disease of addiction and process of recovery.

While completion of the SHU Pre-Treatment Workbook does not satisfy an inmate’s need for substance abuse treatment for Earned Eligibility Program purposes, it is expected that the SHU Pre-Treatment Workbook Program will motivate SHU inmates to participate and successfully complete a Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) sanctioned substance abuse treatment program once released from SHU.

Goals

  1. To engage the repeat, long-term alcohol and/or drug user in the treatment/recovery process.
  2. To reduce alcohol/drug use and alcohol/drug related activities in the prison system.
  3. To assist the SHU staff in managing the long-term drug offending inmate.

Length

Approximately 14 - 16 weeks.

Admission Requirements

  1. A minimum of 180 days in SHU.
  2. Guilty disposition on a misbehavior report that is alcohol/drug related (i.e., use, urinalysis, possession, etc.) and/or a documented history of substance abuse.
  3. Have not received disciplinary convictions for assault on staff or inmates, or sex offenses within one year prior to review for participation.
  4. Submitted for transfer to a SHU Pre-Treatment Workbook site for an alcohol/drug related disciplinary problem or presently in a SHU Pre-Treatment Workbook site and meet all of the above admission requirements. (Priority placement in the program will be given to inmates that are pre-screened and transferred to the pre-treatment workbook site).

Assessment

  1. Completion of “Time to Think About Change” Pre-Treatment Workbook.
  2. Discussion and review of written material weekly by the SHU Pre-Treatment Workbook Coordinator.

Locations

Albion (SHU)
Greene (SHU 200)
Lakeview (SHU 200)
Mid-State (SHU 200)
Southport
Upstate

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SPECIAL NEEDS UNIT (SNU) ASAT PROGRAM

Description

The SNU Modified ASAT Program is designed to meet the unique needs of the Special Needs Unit (SNU) inmate with a substance abuse treatment need. The Therapeutic Community model is adapted to this population, as are the ASAT competencies. The competencies are tailored to meet the functioning level of the inmates with frequent repetition and review of skills.

Goals

To provide substance abuse treatment services for our population with developmental disabilities.

Length

Minimum of nine months participation, half a module per day, five days per week.

Admission Requirements

  1. Identified or documented substance abuse history.
  2. Identified as a special needs inmate.
  3. Presently housed in a Special Needs Unit.

Assessment

Participants are evaluated monthly.

Locations

Arthur Kill
Sullivan
Wende

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SPECIALIZED TREATMENT PROGRAM (STP) MENTALLY ILL/CHEMICALLY ADDICTED (MICA) PRE-TREATMENT PROGRAM

Description

The Modified Special Housing Unit (SHU) Workbook Pre-Treatment Program is designed to increase substance abuse treatment program readiness for inmates with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders who are confined to SHU. Program participation in the STP is determined by the Case Management Committee (CMC). Specialized Treatment Program (STP) inmates with a substance abuse treatment need will be assessed for participation in the STP MICA Pre-Treatment Program. This program is not credited toward satisfying assessed substance abuse treatment needs.

Goals

Increase skills necessary for successful substance abuse treatment programming upon release from SHU.

Length

Minimum of 14 weeks, but may be longer depending upon inmate’s progress toward demonstrating ASAT Program readiness.

Admission Requirements

  1. Identified or documented substance abuse history.
  2. Identified by OMH as having a primary Axis I and/or Axis II DSM-IV mental health diagnosis.
  3. Presently housed in the STP in a SHU and identified by DOCS/OMH STP Case Management Committee as appropriate for substance abuse pre-treatment.

Assessment

Specialized Treatment Program staff, including ASAT staff working in the STP, meet weekly to evaluate inmate progress.

Locations

Attica
Five Points

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